Find the answer to one of the dog owner’s most popular questions: Can my dogs eat bananas? Join us in finding out if our pets can have this fruit or not.
Yes, with moderation.
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The Tasty Yellow Fruit (Banana) – Can I Give it To My Dog?
Who doesn’t love bananas? It is one of the most eaten fruits around the world, humans enjoy it, monkeys love it, but what about our dogs? Well, you will be very pleased to know that it is totally fine to share a banana with your dog or other banana flavor treat. Although some fruits are not at all good for canines, this is not the case with the yellow fruit. In fact, among all the fruits you can feed him/her, banana is in the top 3.
How Much is Too Much? – Quantities and Precautions
Before feeding your furry buddy with this tasty fruit, you must take some precautions:
- You must remove the peel as they can be harmful and provoke a choking hazard, diarrhea, or upset stomach.
- Don’t feed him/her the banana without cutting it into small pieces. You know how dogs can be anxious about food and swallow it entirely. This is not advisable. Please cut it into small chunks or even smash it.
- Make sure it doesn’t become a bad habit. Ok, it’s fine to give the dog a banana, but that doesn’t mean you should do it often. As everything in life, don’t overdo.
Now let’s talk about quantities (dosage). For small breeds, a quarter of banana every 3 days is completely fine. Just make sure you cut it or smash it. For medium-sized and large breeds, half a banana every 3 day is the ideal, no more.
Are There Any Health Benefits?
Bananas do have some healthy benefits to canines. They contain antioxidants that get rid of free radicals and promote your dog’s skin and coat health. On top of this, it can also relief joint pain, and help regulate bowl movements. Of course, banana alone won’t be enough to properly treat your pet for these health problems. Additionally, like other fruits, banana also contains sugar, thus one more reason for it to only be a treat and not part of the dog’s diet.
The Nutritional Value of the Banana Fruit
Bananas are a good source of vitamin C, potassium, fiber and vitamin B, while being low in sodium, cholesterol and fat. Check out the table below for more info on the nutrients present in this fruit:
- Vitamin C* – It strengths skin and gives it more elasticity. It may also help fight fevers and boost the immune system. Also functions as an antioxidant by eliminating free radicals.
- Fiber – Plays a great role in our dog’s digestive health. Although some people do not consider it vital to the animal’s diet. It enhances bowel movements, fights constipation, diarrhea, and diabetes.
- Potassium – Promotes stronger bones and a good functioning of the blood vessels.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Let’s go over some of the most FAQ. It’s important to take everything into consideration, not only to educate ourselves but other dog owners also
What Dosage is Healthy?
To ensure your dog remains healthy no more than half a banana every 3 day (for medium-sized and large breeds). For small dog breeds stick to a quarter of the banana. Additionally, to properly feed him/her the delicious fruit please remove the peel and cut the banana into small pieces or even smash it.
What are the Symptoms** of an Allergic Reaction?
Very unlikely to happen. Banana allergies are not at all common among dogs. However, if you dog is either vomiting or in abdominal pain after eating a banana, please visit a veterinarian as soon as possible.
**These are the most common examples, please contact your local vet if you have noticed anything unusual, even if we didn’t list it above.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Eat Bananas?
Sure! It is one of the best fruits you can possibly share with him. It’s tasty, nutritive, and easy to eat. Remove the peel, cut the fruit into chunks, and let your furry bud enjoy the pleasures of the yellow fruit!
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